ERIC Number: ED402526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Between Two People: Exercises toward Intimacy.
Johnson, Mark E.; And Others
It has been observed that more and more clients have emphasized the need for intimacy and trust in their long-term relationships, yet they do not always know how to go about establishing these traits. This book was designed for counselors who have recognized similar needs in their own clientele and who wish to help people improve their relationships. The text presents a collection of exercises that have been developed over the years in couples therapy. The activities are best introduced by a counselor, however, they can also be used by clients on their own, once both members of the couple have gained some counseling experience. The exercises appear under two parts: (1) Communication, Romance, and Family-of-Origin Exercises; and (2) Special Topics. The first part focuses on four major themes: nonverbal communication, verbal communication, romance recreated, and family of origin. The second part outlines activities for more of the practical concerns of a relationship, and includes exercises on household chores, finances, parenting, and sexuality. Within each section, straightforward exercises are presented in ascending order of difficulty. A special "Preface for Clients" contains detailed information on the exercises and how to proceed when performing the exercise becomes difficult. Contains a bibliography of over 400 books, for both professionals and laypersons. (RJM)
Descriptors: Affection, Communication Skills, Communication (Thought Transfer), Counseling, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Role, Interpersonal Relationship, Intimacy, Love, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Theory Practice Relationship, Therapy
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304-3300 (ACA Order #72127, $30.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.